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Domestication, It's Complicated
The story of how our domestic animals came to be, once the province of archaeologists, has been considerably enriched by studies of their DNA. Cats are a case in point although the archaeological evidence pointed emphatically to domestication in Egypt some 5,000 years ago, Carlos Driscoll s DNA analyses revealed a much earlier separation from the parent subspecies, Felis silvestris lybica , and not in northern Africa, but in Anatolia or the Levant. Compari ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jun 19
The Anxiety Epidemic
On June 11, a New York Times article, An Anxious Nation, chronicled how our society has seemingly become one where the diagnosis of anxiety now rivals that of depression . Poignantly the article suggests that, Anxiety is starting to seem like a sociological condition, too a shared cultural experience that feeds on alarmist CNN graphics and metastasizes through social media. The article s author, Alex Williams, provides some seriously worrisome statistics, ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jun 19
Innovation Handmaids
The television adaptation of Margaret Atwood s dystopian novel The Handmaid s Tale has certainly made its mark, as nearly every reviewer has commented on its surreal timeliness. If you haven t seen it yet on Hulu, it s a story about the entire world suffering mass infertility. A coup balkanizes a piece of America into the fictional Republic of Gilead, in which the government exploits xenophobia to crush dissent, assigns a machine gun-bearing goon at every ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Jun 19
The Relationship Between Waist-Hip Ratio and Fertility
Around the globe, across cultures, and throughout history, one physical feature has stood out as consistently correlated with attractiveness in females waist-hip-ratio WHR . The desirability of a low WHR often cuts across other preferences in body size and shape both among individuals and in cultural predominance.
Psychology Today - Mon. Jun 19
Ebola vaccine developed in Canada shows promising results
Podcast permanent link https soundcloud. com cmajpodcasts 170074-res A phase 1 randomized controlled trial has found an Ebola virus disease EVD vaccine, developed in Canada, was well-tolerated with no safety concerns, and high antibodies were present in participants 6 months after immunization. The study, led by Canadian researchers, is published in CMAJ Canadian Medical Association Journal . The research team conducted the clinical trial as part of a coor ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
Scientists step closer to drug treatment for hepatitis B
A major new insight into how Hepatitis B Virus works could pave the way for new drug treatments for the infection which is the major cause of liver cancer worldwide. The team at the Universities of York and Leeds identified an assembly code in the genetic material of Hepatitis B Virus that allows it to create a protective casing in which it can produce new infectious virus particles. They found that the signal, generated by ribonucleic acid RNA , helps vir ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
Could therapy animal visitation pose health risks at patient facilities?
June 19, 2017 --A survey of United States hospitals, eldercare facilities and therapy animal organizations revealed their health and safety policies for therapy animal visits varied widely, with many not following recommended guidelines for animal visitation. The research from investigators at Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University appears online on June 19, 2017, in advance of print in the American Journal of Infection Control . ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
Financial incentives improve viral suppression among people living with HIV
DURHAM, N.C. - The HPTN 065 study, conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network HPTN , showed that financial incentives can motivate some people living with HIV PLWH to take their HIV antiretroviral therapy ART medication regularly and maintain viral load suppression. This finding could have implications for improving health outcomes and decreasing the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Study findings were published today in JAMA Internal Medicine ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
Flights can make aircrew sick, Stirling study suggests
Flying a plane should come with a health warning, according to research led by the University of Stirling. A new study , published in the World Health Organisation journal Public Health Panorama , is the first of its kind to look in-depth at the health of aircrew who are suspected to have been exposed to contaminated air during their careers. It shows a clear link between being exposed to air supplies contaminated by engine oil and other aircraft fluids, a ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
Financial incentives enhance viral suppression among HIV-positive persons in t...
June 19, 2017 -- The use of gift cards significantly increased viral suppression and clinic attendance among HIV-positive patients, according to the latest study conducted by researchers at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health. Findings showed that there was a four-percent higher percentage of patients with viral suppression at HIV care sites that offered financial incentives at care sites compared to sites not offering gift cards. Additio ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood
Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research published in The Journal of Neuroscience . The study suggests adequate nutrition in adolescence is important for the refinement of the adult brain and behavior. The structure and function of the brain continue to change throughout adolescence, at the same time that teenagers gain inc ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
A & E departments need to do more to identify young people with alcohol problems
Nine of out of ten Accident and Emergency A E departments are failing to identify young people with alcohol problems, preventing them from getting the vital help they need, a new study in the Emergency Medicine Journal has found. A survey of 147 A E departments, conducted by researchers from the University of Surrey, found that young people are not routinely asked about their alcohol consumption, a useful tool in detecting alcohol problems. The research al ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Jun 19
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